What we do

The story so far

Since our launch in 2019, S.H.E.D has toured to schools and visited arts and cultural festivals across the UK, providing a platform for emerging and established practitioners and artists.  

It has been a performance space at ThisIsDerby, a vibrant event held in Derby City Centre in July 2019 to celebrate the talents and achievements of young people, which attracted 1500 visitors. 

It has supported the artistic community by becoming an outdoor venue for national touring theatre makers bringing their work to the regional festival Departure Lounge. S.H.E.D has been used to showcase 18 international filmmakers curated with TransnationalDialogues, and delivered four research events. The S.H.E.D team have also given talks at CHEAD and InDialogue, engaging with the international research community. 

It was transformed into a performance space for Pincheck&Smith’s A Seventh Man at Nottingham Contemporary for InDialogue and Nottingham Playhouse for Amplify. Take a look at the clips below!

S.H.E.D also went on the road as part of a major school tour for ThisisDerby:Reimagine – engaging with more than 1,351 children in Derby to increase their access to essential life skills. Activities that took place in the S.H.E.D included arts, theatre and music activities, movement sessions exploring fairy tales and carnival arts making sessions. 

Shedding Project

2020 was a year of research and development for new projects, with Rhiannon successfully securing Arts Council England Project Grants funding. The team having been working on over 10 different projects and initiatives with a wonderfully wide variety of partner artists and organisations as part of the Shedding ProjectDerby County Community Trust, University of Derby, National Justice Museum, Buxton Heritage Trust, High Peak Borough Council, The Highrise Project, CHEAD, OneConversation, The Gramophones, Pinchbeck & Smith, Sam Beckett Jr, DESIS and more.

S.H.E.D was a base for research into education reform and on the August bank holiday weekend, we even got out on the road again to the National Justice Museum for a special exhibition on young people, protest and privilege.

We hosted panel discussions and introduced the global Design for Emergency platform at the CHEAD annual conference.
We’ve held live S.H.E.D modelling workshops with The Highrise Project, New Wortley Community Centre and OneConversation.

We’ve made a lot of big plans.

With a faint light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel, S.H.E.D are focussing on bringing together this research and development, transforming it into a programme of events and activities for you in 2021 and beyond. In our recovery from the pandemic, we will have an even greater role to play in supporting communities, towns and cities with the provision of a unique space to support the arts ecology where venue doors have been closed. We vow to provide artists and communities with the opportunity to come together, to create and to be in conversation with one another.